AT&T reportedly is contacting some customers to see if they'd like to test out a femtocell service.
Writes Ars Technica:
Sprint has been offering femtocells for a while now under the name AIRAVE. For the uninitiated, it's a router-looking device that hooks into your broadband Internet connection and spits out a short-range (like, inside your house) 3G signal. Helpful if you're in an otherwise poor coverage area.
Sprint's and AT&T's offerings are different from T-Mobile's @Home service, which needs special handsets and doesn't just spit out a pure cellular signal.
No word on what AT&T might charge for the service. Sprint is charging $100 for its AIRAVE base station, $5 a month for the service, another $10 for unlimited use, plus the usual taxes and fees. [edited] So, how much is a better signal that you're already paying for worth to you?
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Great article. The bit about Sprint should read, "Sprint is charging $100 for its AIRAVE base station, $5 a month for the service, and $5 a month for unlimited usage through the AIRAVE."
Ah ha! Snuck another $5 on us, huh? Updated.
From the Sprint web site: Pricing
Sprint AIRAVE Base Station - $99.99/each (requires activation at time of purchase and subscription to an AIRAVE plan. Excludes taxes.)
AIRAVE Enhanced Coverage Charge - $4.99/mo. (required per AIRAVE unit)**
Single Line Unlimited Calling Plan (optional) - $10/mo. per account**
Multi-Line (multiple phones sharing minutes on one account) Unlimited Calling Plan (optional) - $20/mo. per account** **Monthly charges exclude taxes, Sprint Surcharges [incl. USF charge of up to 11.4% (varies quarterly), Administrative Charge (up to $1.99/line/mo.), Regulatory Charge ($0.20/line/mo.) & state/local fees by area]. Sprint Surcharges are not taxes or gov't-required charges and are subject to change. Details: sprint.com/taxesandfees. http://www.nextel.com/en/services/airave/index.shtml AM I MISSING SOMETHING?
@ceejay Nope. That's the same thing we linked to. So, it's $100 for the hardware, $5 month and $10.
Wow, Sprint should be giving the AIRAVE away and just charging for the service, in any event it was never really a doubt abt AT&T testing the femtocells, their is more $$ to be sucked out of ya that way rather then just offering up UMA.
so...are you essentially using your internet connection bandwidth to make calls? So, your paying AT&T but using up, say, Time Warner's bandwidth, they're ok with that?
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